German police are investigating Judd Bellingham’s match-fixing remarks against referee Felix Zwer.
Referee Felix Xaver left the 18-year-old pointing at the spot at 2-2 with 13 minutes remaining against Bayern Munich on Saturday after the ball was struck by Matt Hummels.
Robert Lewandowski converted the dubious penalty to condemn Bellingham’s loss to Dortmund.
And after the final whistle, the former Birmingham player said: “It was not a penalty for me.
“Hummes isn’t even looking at the ball and he’s fighting to get it.
“It hits him, I don’t think he’s looking at the ball. You can see a lot of other decisions of the game.
“You give a referee, you know, a pre-decided match, the biggest game in Germany… what do you expect?”
Now sky game has confirmed that they are investigating the England international’s comments after the German FA (DFB) also announced that police were looking into his comments.
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The midfielder was referring to Zwer’s six-month ban by the German FA in 2005 after the match-fixing scandal rocked the Bundesliga.
Discussing the penalty decision later, Zwer told Sky Germany: “The situation was a standard corner kick.
“I see in the game it’s about a touch by Hummels. The question for me was: is the hand away from the body or not? It’s not clear in real time whether his hand went towards the ball or not.
“I check it [VAR officials] In Cologne and then the hand position was checked.
“The video assistant did an assessment for himself and said that Hummels’ hand was in an unnatural position away from the body.
“In the end, he clearly deflected the ball with his elbow and I came to the decision that it was a penalty.”
A criminal complaint has now been filed and the case will be referred to the Dortmund Public Prosecutor’s Office.
They will determine whether there will be any criminal charges against Bellingham, with a decision to be announced later this week.
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